Democracy, social movements, our relationships, and your own well being all require private space to thrive. But state actors and law enforcement reach for persistent mass surveillance tech with disturbing frequency. Privacy activists and ordinary people around the world stand before a growing arsenal of invasive tools in the hands of criminals and state actors alike. How has mass surveillance changed us and what are our odds in fighting back?
In this livestream conversation, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joins EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, EFF Director of Engineering for Certbot Alexis Hancock, and EFF Policy Analyst Matthew Guariglia as they weigh in on surveillance in modern culture, activism, and the future of privacy.
June 18, 2021 Subject:
Yes, I tuned in to listen to what Edward Snowden had to say. Edward Snowden has an unprojected voice where many many connecting words and parenthetical phrases are mumbled below the hearing threshold of most people who adjust the sound for the host's voice level. In order to prevent loud blasts of sound during the switch among the voice sound levels of the other speakers with Snowden's voice, Snowden needs his voice to be boosted or others decreased. I tried to listen for 3 minutes and could hear approximately 70% of his words and was able to make sense out of 30% of the statements, but I couldn't tie statements together because of the loss of so many words. Not only does he speak very softly, his voice also cuts out completely or breaks up as if interrupted by static. A chat is worth nothing if one cannot hear it. But make no mistake, I was very interested in everything he was attempting to tell the audience. I simply could not hear him.